A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this squeaky-clean track is a feel-good, positive song about dancing and being yourself. It's worth noting that the main vocals aren't actually sung by the Disney duo featured on the tie-in TV show and music video, but chances are that your tweens won't mind or even notice. Troy wasn't actually singing to Gabriella the first go-around, either. ...
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What's the story?
"WATCH ME" features Bella Thorne and Zendaya from the Disney Channel's hit show Shake It Up, but the single's lead vocals are actually sung by country-pop up-and-comer Margaret Durante. The video features Thorne and Zendaya leaving a fancy photo shoot to dress down and hang out with friends on the dance floor.
Is it any good?
Although "Watch Me" is typical Disney pop, it's still a perfect party tune for tweens with its positive message about being yourself and having fun. The lyrics say "I don't need no magazine to tell me who to be, and I don't need to pose for p-p-p-p-paparazzi ... I'm just being me, watch me do me." The video shows the bubbly Thorne and sassy Zendaya smiling, dancing, and letting loose, so it's fine for kids -- or anyone who just wants to learn a few new dance moves.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the differences between a celebrity image and the real person. Do you think celebrities act one way for the cameras or audiences, and another way when they aren't in the limelight? Behind the make-up and fancy clothes, are they just like the rest of us at the end of the day?
Do you ever feel the need to act a certain way when you're around different people? Why? Can you give some examples? Is it ever OK to sometimes "wear different hats"?
What do you think about the fact that someone "behind the veil" is actually singing most of the lead vocals -- not the stars featured? Do you still want to buy the music? Do you feel misled?
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